An Epic Glimpse at an Eclipse and Astounding August Acts of Talent!

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I dedicate this month’s August 2017 Blog to the memory of one of my favorite singers, Aaliyah (January 16th, 1979 to August 25th, 2001)

At her best, she was loved. 

“An Epic Glimpse at an Eclipse and Astounding August Acts of Talent!”

On Monday, August 21st, the other Participants and I watched a live-feed of the total solar eclipse on cbsnews.com on the Apple televisions in each of our classrooms. We learned that millions of Americans equipped with protective glasses took up prime positions on Monday along a ribbon of land across the United States to marvel at the first total solar eclipse to unfold from coast to coast in nearly a century.

After weeks of anticipation, the sight of the moon’s silhouette passing directly in front of the sun, blotting out all but a halo-like solar corona drew one of the largest audiences in human history, experts said. Texans and San Antonians will have a prime opportunity for the next one on the list in seven years.

We also learned that in seven years, on Monday, April 8th, 2024 some of the best viewing areas for this rare and mesmerizing astronomical event will cut right through the Lone Star State.

A total solar eclipse will run nearly straight through the Alamo City skies and through the middle half of Texas.

Also, during The Arc’s pirate-themed week, Monday, August 21st to Friday, August 25th, we decided to have a treasure hunt and made pirate inspired arts and crafts in honor of the fact that the month of August is the International Pirate Month. We followed clues placed in The Arc’s hallways to a delicious treasure of chocolate coins. We learned about the first ever Long Lake Pirate day in New York. I read the books to my fellow Arc Participants (using YouTube with my communicator) “The Big Eclipse” by Nancy Coffelt and “Pirates Don’t Change Diapers” by Melinda Long.

All of The Arc Participants and I had an extremely fun day with our mateys.

On Friday, August 25th, we had our Fourteenth Annual Talent Show, hosted by The Arc’s (West Avenue) Staff Member, Benny D. I love when it’s time for our Talent Show at The Arc of San Antonio! 

The other Arc Participants and I would to say thank you to Arc Staff Members, Regina F., Sharon M., (Life Enrichment Instructors) and The Arc’s new Head of Maintenance and all of the other Arc Staff Members and Participants for making such entertaining decorations for this year’s Talent Show theme, “The Arc’s Golden Stars Extravaganza!”  

The other Participants and I would like to thank The Arc Staff Members, Ms. Allison C., (CSCM Case Manager) and Ms. Brooke Kearney (Community Education Coordinator and CSCM Case Manager) and Ms. Pam Stephens (The Arc’s Director of the Community Outreach Services) for being such wonderful Talent Show judges.

I wore my new gray 1987 Bad album Michael Jackson shirt (my favorite male singer of all time) and my purple glittery “Press” member light up hat that my mom bought back as a gift from Las Vegas. My mom painted my fingernails with silver stars to match my hat. My mom decorated my chair and tray with musical notes stickers and mini multi-colored toy saxophones that I discovered at a local Dollar Tree Store. I read the book, (using YouTube with my communicator) “Talent Show” by Mary Atkinson.

Since I feel like I can’t be in the Talent Show because of my Cerebral Palsy and speech difficulties, I decided to participate in the Talent Show in another way. I make the award certificates for the other Arc Participants. I like choosing special clip art for each Participant. Also, I create the sign-up sheets for The Arc Participants who would like to try out for the Talent Show. This way, the try-outs can be more organized. I also create the acceptance letters for The Arc Participants that are chosen to be in the Talent Show.  I created the Talent Show program that will be given to the parents / guardians that come to the Talent Show. After all of the songs are chosen, I burn them onto one CD so the Talent Show can run smoothly. I have been the official Talent Show organizer since 2008 and I love doing it!

What a wondrous ending to a fantastic Talent Show. I’m so proud of all of my friends! The Arc of San Antonio has very talented and creative Participants and Staff Members.  The other Participants and I can’t wait to do this all again next year!

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.

I hope that everybody that reads my blog had a great ending to their summer like I had!

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